cheers to the past & the future to come

With a few days left until we begin a fresh new year, it's time to sit down with a glass of mulled cider, reminisce on my past year & think about the year to come. The things I've done and want to do. The thought of 'new years resolutions' make me want to gag a little. I mean come on.. who the f*ck actually sticks to them? Instead of resolutions (e.g joining the gym -the one I haven't been to for 2years and am still paying for-, giving up things etc) I'm going to give myself goals and things I can actually achieve, write a list of things and places I want to do/see. 
2012 in all it's glory has been an alright one. My summer was pretty abysmal due to lack of the $$$$$$$$$$$$. I passed my first year at university. I turned 19. I got a job. That pretty much sums this year up, like I say it ain't been fandabbydosy. 2012 for Britain however has been amazing!! The Olympics, the Queens Jubilee. It's definitely been a year to celebrate and be bloody well proud of. The Queen, what a woman. The Olympians, idols & heroes. 
I'm going to share a few things I intend to do to make 2013 the best year yet!
.......... Don't leave uni assignments until the night before (start 2 weeks in advance), plan my 21st in Amsterdam, go back to Ibiza, more nights out with friends - new motto: work hard, play harder, get my next tattoo done, get a summer internship (already on the cards, fingers crossed!!!!), revise well for exams, read more, rekindle my love for art/drawing, learn about architecture..

Wishing you all my love for 2013!!! Have an amazing NYE, I'll be spending mine with a glass of champagne in hand (can't get too crazy, I have work NYD BOOO)

tag of the christmas kind

Okay, so i may have done one too many Christmas posts but I love Christmas. I think I'm also doing these in an attempt to feel festive. I was supposed to have finished uni a week ago, so in reality I should be home. Decorating the house, watching all my Christmas films, getting the food in for the crimbo din (best part of Christmas!) and waiting to wear my new pj's on Christmas Eve, come on, it's tradition ever since I can remember. - how many times have I said the word Christmas so far ha - But instead I've been at work every day, spending my nights alone in my student house in York, reading my books and feeling like Scrooge. I hate being here alone, it sucks. Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the day after are the only days I have off in the next week. Well, technically not even Boxing Day thanks to the Next sale, hello 6:30am start. 

For now, I'm sat wrapped like a pig in blanket watching a Home Alone double bill. Merry Christmas ya filthy animal. This will probably be my last post before Christmas so, a merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Hope Santa brings you lots of nice things xo

what is your favourite thing about Christmas | Definitely Christmas dinner, ahhh so many wonderful foods.
what is your favourite make up look for the festive season | For me, I like to keep it simple. Rosy cheeks, long lashes & a simple red lip.
real tree or fake tree | I adore the smell of a real tree but fake trees last many years and you can always count on them for looking amazinggg
giving presents or receiving them | You're a liar if you say you don't enjoy receiving presents, but giving presents is an amazing feeling. Especially when you've put so much thought into them!
do you open your presents on christmas day, christmas eve or christmas day evening | Usually Christmas day on the morning but last year I was at my dads and we left it until after dinner, which I quite liked!
handmade christmas cards or bought | handmade, you can make them any way you want. Inidividual and great fun for a grey day like today
what is your favourite christmas film | without a doubt Home Alone 2.
what's your favourite christmas food | I don't think I could possibly decide, hmm pigs in blanket or turkey or veg or roast taties, choices.
what's your favourite christmas song | fairytale of new york
what's your favourite christmas memory | I remember one Christmas when I was little I'd got a huge present.. then decided to play with the cardboard box and make a washing machine out of it.. Cardboard boxes are so much fun.

amazing spaces

I love architecture and interior design. It's not something that even my closest friends know, it's my guilty pleasure. I adore how intricate, different and just how generally amazing all spaces are. Every space and building has a different individuality and diversity to the next. As much as I love huge buildings and how many  rooms you can have, all mismatched and peculiar, you can't beat a small space. Programs like Restoration Man & Grand Designs I can watch for hours upon hours. Watching pieces of history be rebuilt, watching exquisite and unique new houses being made. After being completely hooked on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, it has completely inspired me. From buses and army trucks, to  forest cabins and your very own gingerbread house. With every episode I was completely amazed. I want my own amazing space. 

Where would I have mine? That really isn't a hard question, it would have to either be in a forest or in the Lake District. Imagine a wood burning fire, candles, that oh so cosy feeling. I would have to have a wall or something that incorporated all my friends (my books). Just think, a book, a cup of tea & a view of a snowy landscape in the harshness of winter, idyllic. What would your small space look like?


Love the boxed in chimney

Camping - girly caravan

joyeux noel

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan.
Earth stood hard as iron.
Water like a stone.
Snow had fallen
Snow on snow
Snow on snow
In the bleak mid-winter
Long, long ago 
- Christina Rossetti

Hope you all enjoyed that little poem. I chose it from 'The Puffin Book of Christmas Poems' which I found when cleaning out the garage in the summer. I love findings things that you thought you didn't want at the time but you're so pleased you didn't chuck them out. I've had this book 10 years, no wonder that sellotape binds the book together. Without fail every Christmas I read it, yes I'm nearly 20 but who cares? I wanted to share with you my love of Christmas & what I do in the form of pictures. They tell the stories of my Christmas past, present and future. Enjoy x

bourjois nail polish review

I've eventually found something that I actually want to review about because I was really impressed with a Bourjois nail polish that I picked up the other week. I only really picked it up on a whim because Boots had the buy one get on half price offer on beauty!

I love nail polishes and have an extensive collection but it's not very often that I find one that I love everything about. Firstly this nail polish has a super wide brush, literally one stroke and your nail is done and it's opaque, you only need one coat,which means less faffing around. Secondly the colour is perfect for AW. Glitter, metallic, silver. The finish of this nail polish is ideal. It is a gel finish and it looks great. I never put a top coat on and to be honest this doesn't need one. Last factor on the nails.. After a week it had barely chipped. That has to be some sort of record?! Truly impressed with this. rrp £7.99
Have you tried any other colours in this Bourjois range?


Definitely all about that Christmas playlist and party songs! Classics such as Wham! Last Christmas, East 17 Stay Another Day, Frank Sinatra.. you get the jist. Some other songs I'm loving at the moment are:

1. faux fur hats.. i adore this turquoise one that I recently bought from h&m. Brightens up my outfits instantly, especially as I like to wear black/grey/white a lot.
2. simple make-up & bold lips. Kate Moss for Rimmel 107 is my new favourite, along with MAC 'Quite the thing!'. 107 is a gorgeous deep wine red/plum colour and 'Quite the thing!' is more of an electric deep purple.
3. glitter and lots of it! It's Christmas so glitter and sparkle are allowed. I recently picked up a gorgeous sliver metallic glitter peplum top, deep neckline and back from River Island. Absolutely stunning with a pair of high waisted jeans, heeled boots and MAC 'Quite the thing', great for the work Christmas party or if you're going for a meal.

Seriously I need to stop buying books from the charity shops or lending them from the library, but when it's a super cold night like tonight all I want to do is light my candles, make a brew, get a mince pie and read. 
Recently purchased/lent: The Russia House by John Le Carre - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale.
I finally finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it was truly magical and beautiful. It's one of those books where your imagination takes over your senses. A must read!

In the month of December too many good films come out. Last week I caught Breaking Dawn ptII.. Amazing. I had my mixed tango ice blast & a pick'n'mix in hand and I was so happy!! It was literally amazing.. go see.. NOW! I have to say watching the trailers before a film has to be one of the best parts.. Films I need to see this month: The Guardians.. it has a tattooed Santa. Life of Pi.. looks too beautiful. Great Expectations.. purely because it's a classic and the cast is great.

what I'm looking forward to in December.. Decorating the Christmas tree, finishing uni, family time, indulging in too many mince pies & mulled cider, wrapping presents.